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what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> welcome to newsday on the bbc. >> the headlines this hour. " indian officials blamed terrorists for three explosions in mumbai that killed 21 people and injured dozens more. the building is condemned by the white house and -- actions condemned by the white house and the u.n.. >> the hacking scandal forces rupert murdoch to abandon his bid for b sky b. and key demand for protectors. >> it is 11:00 a.m. in singapore. >> it is 4:00 a.m. in london broadcasting in the u.s. on pbs
and are run the world. this is newsday. >> in its main commercial city, mumbai has been hit by three coordinated bombings, leaving 21 people dead and hundreds more injured. it is the first attack since the islamic extremist attack in 2008. >> it was the evening rush hour when the bombs went off. three of them within 15 minutes. all targeted busy locations at a busy time of day. many people were on their way home from work. one eyewitness said he saw to duck -- two motorbike to explode in flames and the injured screaming for help. well over 100 people wounded in
what president obama and condemned as outrageous attacks. many have lost limbs. >> the blast happened about 6:45 p.m., within minutes of each other. we feel this was a coordinated attack by terrorists. >> the first bomb went off at 6:54 p.m. at the jewelry market. a minute later, the opera house of district was attacked. and shortly after that, a crowded neighborhood. it is the first major attack in mumbai since 2008. more than 160 people were killed in 60 hours of terror, blamed on militants based in pakistan. these latest bombs have been described as relatively crude and possibly the work of local militants. whoever is behind them, they have shown that india's largest
city is still vulnerable. >> the bbc will be in mumbai with the latest details on the attack. >> it is very important to remember that it is still early in the primary investigation being carried out. given a small scale of the attacks that we have seen, it may be a local were involved. it is still a important to remember that much information has to come out of these investigations and only then are we likely to see a clearer picture. >> mumbai is on alert. there were three toward native blass, after all. what security measures are being taken to prevent more? >> the certainly, the blast took place -- or the news assertive out and the city was put on -- the news sorted out and the city was put on high alert.
there is more surveillance of the streets. however, mumbai is showing resilience. they can deal with this and move on. certainly, and today will be no different from mine the other day. -- from any other day. >> hugo chavez will need more treatment for cancer. he may need to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy. he spoke about the tumor that he had removed in cuba last month. hamid karzai has led -- led thousands of mourners at the funeral for his half brother. his assassination is widely seen as a blow to the security of the southern kandahar province. >> an iranian man was arrested at bangkok international airport as he attempted to strike -- smuggle $1.6 million worth of
methamphetamines into the country. the department of defense said it had been described as art -- disguised as art, weighing up to 10 kilos each. >> a new drama in the hacking scandal and the u.k. >> news corp. has withdrawn its controversial bid for a full takeover of the state -- b sky b. a warning, this report from our business editor contains some flash photography. >> rupert murdoch, the great news murder -- news mobile, in the news for what he would see as the wrong reasons. putting on one of the great humiliations' of his career, the abandonment of his attempt to buy all british broadcasting. in his statement he said, "we
believe the proposed acquisition would benefit both companies, but it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate." that adverse climate, protest outside parliament and inside, about the b sky b deal. and after the deal is off? >> i think this is the right decision. this company clearly needs to sort out the problems at news international and at news of the world. it is also the right decision for the country, too. >> it is the second setback for mr. murdoch. just days ago he closed the news of the world because of the allegations that they instigated the alleged hijacking of a phone of a murder teenager, and the phone of the parents of the victim. >> this is a victory for people
up and down this country will have been appalled by the revelations about phone hacking. they started beyond belief that mr. murdoch would, when this criminal investigation is going on, expand his stake in the british media. >> it would have given him access to the vast amounts of cash generated by did you pay television business. 1sky b's profits are around billion pounds. that would have been useful to the news corp. corp. at a time that they have been struggling to maintain their revenues at the newspapers. they have also paid a price from the failure of the takeover. b sky b's share prices have fallen 20% in the past nine days, white mean almost 3 billion pounds -- losing almost 3 billion pounds from the value of the company. >> this is an opportunity to
acquire 100% of a business that has extraordinarily good prospects for my has a gross trajectory that is well understood. it will have to substantially increase the kind -- the company by 20% to 25%. >> we think mr. murdoch's bid in the u.k., but he is much bigger in the u.s. there are now allegations that 9/11 victims and their families phones were tapped. >> if that is true, and if there were any access -- was any access to the victims records, it would be in my mind probably the most invasive and perverse use of the victims information in the final moments of their lives, and a tremendous invasion of the families as well. >> the dawn of the television's new age.
" mr. murdoch would see himself, right the many would say, as the founder of the sky be. to be told by politicians who recently -- is a setback as embarrassing as any in decades. >> the egyptian government says that more than 600 senior police officers are being removed from their jobs. protesters demanded action against the police involved in the killing of protesters during the uprising. >> months after a pause in the bart left power, the protesters are still in tahrir square. since they forced him from office, they demand -- their demands have changed in tow, calling for swift action by the military council on the issues of wages and free elections.
their patience is wearing thin. >> for five months we have been trying to get action from this government for the initial demands of the revolution, and still nothing. increased police officers are still dealing with people in american way. -- >> police officers are still dealing with people in an arrogant way. on the police, though, each of government jobs they have made some progress that will appease the public. the interior ministry announced that hundreds will be removed from their jobs, including 18 generals who are accused in the killing of protesters during the spring of rising. protest groups have welcomed the move, which was a key demand in february. but there is still much they are on how be with, not least the pace of change in egypt. -- not happy with, not least the
pace of change in egypt. election planned of september have been delayed by another month. until that day comes, the tents in tahrir square are likely to stay firm. >> you are watching news day on the bbc. still to come, -- peace and power, growing political tensions are surfacing in malaysia. and the marine who asked this hollywood actress of for a date. but did she accepted? >> the irish government published a new report into the concealment of child abuse by catholic priests. the church cared more about its reputation that the welfare of
children, the report says. only three years ago, reports of abuse were still being kept from police. mark since and has this report. >> he was the pope's right hand man. the father mcgee was not just the personal secretary to john paul the second, but others. but today he stands accused in in the involvement in the irish catholic church's latest scandal. it was in his diocese in county court that clerical child sex abuse took place, but was not reported by the church to the police. and it happened as recently as three years ago. at a time when the irish catholic church was telling the world there would not there be another cover-up. -- never be another cover-up. new guidelines were introduced to ensure all allegations were reported to the police. but here, the rules were largely
ignored. and for those who accuse the church, a lack of action left them feeling helpless. >> i feel i had really been touched by the double -- to the devil and that is something that no one will fix for me. >> after so many scandals in recent years, the catholic church in ireland is not only losing its followers, but its special place in irish society. john t.d. retired as bishop of cloying -- john mehdi retired as bishop of cloying last year. in his retirement saving the city could have done more for the victims of abuse and he was sorry. -- in his retirement, he said he could have done more for the victims of abuse and he was sorry. >> here are the latest headlines
at this hour. according to a bomb blast in the city of mumbai killed at least 20 people and wounded many others. >> rupert murdoch has withdrawn his controversial bid for a full takeover of the sky be. -- bskyb. >> the scandal in the u.k. has prompted a review of journalism practiced across rupert murdoch's businesses on the other side of the world. >> and rupert murdoch's australian group is called news ltd. and its chief executive, john hartigan, has written to all staff members here in australia saying there will be a thorough internal review of all editorial expenditure in the past three years. the point of the review apparently is to make sure the payments were legitimate. it is clearly an indication that the news minister as being the key to some of trying to link
the scandal in the u.k. and to australia. he said that was completely wrong and unjustified. he said that review will take place and news ltd. is clearly feeling the heat. >> some of the day's other news. reece's creditworthiness has been downgraded again -- greased's creditworthiness has been downgraded again. -- greece's creditworthiness has been downgraded again. in the report it said the economy is deteriorating. police have regained control of a prison in venezuela after a
standoff that lasted 27 days. it was the latest in a series of recent riots in venezuela in jails. five people have been killed in an explosion at an industrial unit in boston in lincoln sure on the east coast of england. -- lincolnshire on the east coast of england. an investigation into what caused the explosion is under way. the u.n. security council has formally recommended that south sudan should join the united nations, becoming its 193rd member. add minced is due to be completed on thursday with a vote by the u.n. general -- admittance is due to be complete on thursday with a vote by the u.n. general assembly. we have the story of the sri lankan boatpeople inning to get to england. >> yes, a ship carrying 87 sri
lanka andns was apprehended -- sri lankans was apprehended last week, but will not allow them passage. >> it has been a long and treacherous journey for these passengers. their boat ran into mechanical trouble when it was intercepted in indonesian waters and brought to shore. these refugees are refusing to get off the ship. they say they want to go to new zealand, where they think they will have a shot at a better life. but new zealand has reportedly said it will not accept them. there are women and children amongst the passengers. one woman is report of the pregnant. the passengers say they have enough supplies to last them a month. this is not the first time that indonesia has had to deal with
the challenge of this sort. last year, a group of 200 sri lankan refugees refuse to disembark. they turned the ship into their home. even after all the waiting, they never reached their final destination, australia. the standoff highlights problems in countries where they are trying to deal with problems of asylum seekers. >> indonesians have offered to come aboard and start offered for them to come ashore and start negotiating, but they will not budge. they're making a perilous journey to places where they believe they can have a better life, like australia and new zealand. there are several that are living in detention centers across the country. >> a protest rally in malaysia
last week has exposed growing tensions there. the demonstration was organized by a group pushing for electoral reform. the government claims it has been hijacked by the political opposition. rachel harvey has more. >> downtown kuala lumpur, a capital city at rush hour. same street, different day. lockdown. the protesters demanding reforms of the election system marching in defiance of the government. the response is forceful. tasters, water cannons, battle charges. against what had been a peaceful rally. in the midst of a doll, one of the protest leaders tries to direct the clout -- the crowd -- in the midst of id all, one of the protest leaders tries to direct the crowd.
this man was injured, but has no regrets. >> we felt there was a need for the authorities to take these reform seriously. it must be premised on an honest count of votes. >> there is still more than meets the eye. this chart has long been associated with the political opposition, evidence, the government says, of the reform movements party and agenda. this is the leader of the party that has dominated malaysian politics since independence more than 50 years ago. >> if you are talking about the electoral reforms, then there is a way of doing it. and that is to work with the electoral commission -- elections commission in trying to push for some of the points that they highlight and not to
try to mimic what other countries are doing. >> of the government is no law or controlling the message. a nation insider says they see smart phones and social media changing the dynamic. >> it is changing the way people think. you have a wider choice between what the government says and what is actually going on. facebook or twitter will caption someone's imagination -- capture someone's imagination and he or she will want more. and >> there is no sense of an imminent of rising as in other countries, but there is a larger demand for ordinary people to have a say. that is a challenge to the established order.
>> the first ever joint the census on either side of this shared border. they will focus on a string of enclaves that belong to one country but lie inside the other. >> imagine a situation like this. you are living in a village, but it is not exactly inside your country, but your neighboring country. these are called enclaves. for decades, tens of thousands of people along the border between india and bangladesh have been living in these enclaves, cut off from their respective countries. there are about 100 indian enclaves inside the bangladeshi territory. and there are many inside india from bangladesh. the people who live in these enclaves, they go to -- they
have no access to health care and education. they want to conduct a headcount to find out how many people are living in these enclaves. and then, they will be given the option of exactly where they want to live, whether in bangladesh for india in the future. this is an effort of the two countries to resolve their longstanding boundary issues. they hope to come to agreement at a meeting later this year. >> a very different story from the war zone in afghanistan. a u.s. marine has grown to worldwide attention after he asked a famous hollywood actress to accompany him to the marine corps ball. >> never mind different worlds, these two and have different planets. his is a dusty checkpoint in afghanistan, hers the glamour of hollywood.
but he needs a date for the regimental ball. >> i just want to take a woman out on a date. i want to take you to the marine corps ball. >> his bold invitation was seen by dozens on youtube. but not by the actress herself. >> emory corp. posted -- a posted a video on youtube inviting you to the ball. >> what? >> justin timberlake played matchmaker. >> he invited you to the marine corps ball. >> november what? >> i do not know. >> i will go. >> she promised sargent more she would not stand him up. and in true showbiz style, her
people have already been in touch with his people. it is officially a date. >> we just have time for a quick update of our main news. indian officials have blamed terrorist 43 explosions during rush-hour in mumbai which killed 21 people and injured dozens more. all of the blasts were in crowded areas during rush hour. the u.n. security council has condemned the terrorist attacks in the strongest terms and has expressed deep sympathy to the victims and to all of their families. of course, you can get much more on all of those stories on our website. if the from us in london and in
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whose woods these are i think i know. his house is in the village though; he will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow. my little horse must think it queer to stop without a farmhouse near between the woods and frozen lake the darkest evening of the year. he gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake. the only other sound's the sweep of easy wind and downy flake. the woods are lovely, dark and deep. but i have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep, and miles to go before i sleep.